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Instructor, Kwak'wala Language

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Position Details

Posting Number

Posting Number F1119
Position Information

Position Title Instructor, Kwak'wala Language
Division Access & Regions
Department Indigenous Education
Supervisor Title Executive Director, Indigenous Education
Location Mixalakwila Campus (Port Hardy)
Posting Type Internal/External Posting
Position Status Sessional
If Others, please specify
New Position or Replacement? New
Position End Date (if temporary)
Desired Start Date 09/11/2024
Weekly work schedule (please indicate the start and end times for each day of work)
% 25%
Pay Grade The annual salary range is $70,437- $112,872 (at 100% appointment) and is based on qualifications, experience, and the placement criteria of Article 14 of the NICFA Collective agreement.
Position Summary
North Island College is seeking an instructor to introductory Kwak’wala, at the ABE (adult basic education) level at the Mixalakwila campus (Port Hardy). This KWA 096 posting is attached to the Awi’nakola (we are one with the land and sea) upgrading program. This role may also require participation in once/month, land- based learning activities, and strong collaboration with the First Nation Studies and English instructor.

The teaching faculty of North Island College are responsible for implementing the College’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to teaching and learning. To carry out their teaching assignments, faculty use organizational skills, inter-personal skills, and their knowledge of subject matter, pedagogy, and curricular design. In addition, they have a responsibility to serve as role models for students and colleagues.

The responsibilities and typical duties listed below constitute a generic job description for teaching faculty whose responsibility may be for the delivery of scheduled classes, the support of self-paced, on-line, and distance courses, and/or instruction and supervision in laboratories, practicums, shops, etc.
Position Competencies
- Creates a Positive Climate and Culture;
- Effective Communication Skills;
- Effectively Develops Goals & Objectives;
- Focuses Effectively on Key Results and Priorities;
- Demonstrates a Focus on Continuous Improvement;
- Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Duties & Responsibilities
- To plan and prepare learning materials for instructional environments;
- To use a variety of approaches and materials, as appropriate, in order to address different learning needs;
- To teach in assigned subject areas and to include in courses, and in course outlines, all required subject matter or skill activity;
- To direct student learning in a positive, supportive, and caring environment;
- To be available to students regularly during scheduled office hours and classroom hours, to discuss their progress and other issues that influence their learning. (30 hours/wk.) (See Policy #3-03: Faculty Absence from Class – Cancellation of Classes);
- To clearly communicate in writing learning outcomes for programs and courses, and the way in which learners will be evaluated against those outcomes;
- To design and conduct evaluations or appraisals of students and to keep students informed of their progress;
- To submit grades in a timely manner, in accordance with Policy 4-15, Reporting Final Grades;
- To maintain records of student enrollment and achievement and other records required by the College and affiliated agencies. At the end of employment with the College, to submit marks and student records to the department Chair.

- To be aware of, and to work within, College educational policies;
- To be aware of the Education and Strategic plans and to contribute to their development and assist in the achievement of its goals and objectives;
- To advise the Department Chair, within a reasonable time frame, of items that need to be ordered so that inventories of books, supplies, and equipment are adequate for the courses taught;
- To advise the Department Chair regarding enrollment management (recruitment and retention) strategies for their areas of responsibility;
- To advise the Department Chair responsible, and the appropriate Administrator and/or Campus Health and Safety Committee, of any health and safety concerns and to assist, where possible, in rectifying the problem;
-To demonstrate knowledge of computer applications appropriate to the teaching environment;
- To maintain continuous professional development of competencies and qualifications as required in the appropriate discipline;
- To participate actively as a contributing member of the College community on College committees and other College-wide activities, where appropriate;
- To participate in department meetings and other department activities during normal working hours, when possible;
- To undertake other related responsibilities and duties which may be assigned by the College when course load permits.
Required Education & Experience
- BC Teaching Certificate or Provincial Instructors Diploma is highly desirable.
- Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on second language acquisition such as Dr. Greymorning Method, Total Physical Response and comprehensible input methods.
- Master’s Degree in Indigenous Education/Indigenous Language is highly desirable.
Required Knowledge Skills & Abilities
- Proficiency with Kwak’wala, proficiency with the Kwak’wala alphabet, and ability to work with fluent speakers to facilitate learning.
- Background and knowledge in the use of student assessment tools and placement testing;
-Combination of excellent leadership and teaching skills with a strong commitment to academic excellence and student success;
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, particularly in an inter-cultural learning environment;
- Proven instructional abilities, using creative and motivating approaches to stimulate learning;
- Orientation towards student learning;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to plan and prioritize, and efficiently meet deadlines;
- Proficiency with computer applications and word processing.
- Preference will be given to qualified instructors with Indigenous ancestry.
Special Instructions to Applicant
Please scan copies of your transcripts into one document for attachment. If your transcripts are not available at the time of application, please attach a letter or certificate of confirmation from the educational institution.
Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 06/27/2024
Posting Close Date 08/09/2024
Open Until Filled
Job Description
Faculty Sessional
Additional Information
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * North Island College received special program approval by the BC Human Rights Tribunal to give preference to the hiring of a person of Indigenous ancestry for this position. Please indicate if you are of Indigenous descent.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents